When we got to the IBJJF tournament Saturday morning, everyone had their fighting faces on and was ready to go. The blue belts were up first. Tom Shrum was the first one to fight Saturday morning. He ended up losing his second match on points.
Up next was Alfonso “Big Sal” Washington. He had a hard fight on the feet with a good wrestler from Louisiana in the semifinals. Big Al ended up losing by two points to the Gold medal winner after his first opponent did not show up for the competition.
Aung La Sang was up next in the Blue Belt Heavyweight division. His first match went well; he passed his opponent then finished him with a Kimura. In his second fight Aung La, went for a throw early in the match and ended up getting his back taken. Aungla defended the back, escaped to the closed guard, and began to work his submissions. The match ended with Aung La losing 4-0.
The last blue belt of the day was Fred Thompson. Fred made short work of the first couple competitors and made it to the finals. Fred scored an early takedown but ended up getting caught in a triangle / arm submission in the last 30 seconds. Fred ended up taking Silver.
Now it was the ladies turn to fight. Alexandria “Malibu” Welch and Katie “The Baroness” Oliphant were fighting at the same time. Allie pulled closed guard and held the girl there for most of the match. Her competitor was able to open the guard and pass in the last minute to win. Katie’s opponent pulled guard and ended up sweeping Katie. But Katie got to her deep half guard and was able to sweep her opponent back and almost passing. Katie’s opponent was able to get a triangle locked on and finished it with seconds left on the clock.
The next morning everyone showed up to see the purple belts fight. Brad Pearson and Evan Gideon were fighting at the same time. Brad was able to implement his game plan on all his competitors. He hit some nice takedowns and good guard passes and took Gold. As Brad was fighting in Ring Two, Evan was in Ring Four right next to him. Evan was able to submit all three of his opponents and win the Gold medal as well.
Fred and Aung La came up to represent the team in the Blue Belt Open weight class. The two guys were able to fight their way all the way to the finals. Fred got his revenge against the guy that beat him the day before in his weight class. Aung La submitted his way through the competition and ended up winning the coin toss to take the Gold. It was Team Lloyd Irvin closeout of the division.
Last up was the Purple Belt Open. Brad was slowly picking apart his competition with takedowns. He made it all the way to the semifinals. Brad fought hard but ended up getting swept and was not able to get his two points back before the time ran out.
Evan was on the other side of the bracket. The first couple of matches Evan was able to finish his opponents with a few different submissions. In the finals, Evan was in a rematch against the competitor he faced in the finals of his weight class. This time Evan was able to sweep, pass, and submit his opponent for the Gold.
The medal count went accordingly:
Evan Gideon – Purple Belt Heavyweight – Gold; Purple Belt Open – Gold
Brad Pearson – Purple Belt Medium Heavyweight – Gold; Purple Belt Open – Bronze
Aung La N Sang – Blue Belt Heavyweight – Bronze, Blue Belt Open – Gold
Fred Thomson – Blue Belt Medium Heavyweight – Silver; Blue Belt Open – Silver*
Big Al – Blue Belt Ultraheavyweight – Bronze
* = Closeout with teammate; no losses